Learn About Our Programs

Our programs are offered for a wide range of ages intended to expose participants to the wonders of the natural world around us. Special accommodations are available for all programs with adequate notification.

Upcoming events

    • 02/10/2016
    • 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park
    • 3

    School's Out! Adventure

    For Ages 8-10

    If we are going to get winter weather in Calvert County, February is most likely the time for it.  On this day off from school, send your child to discover how much fun being outdoors in winter can be.  We may have a snow ball fight, make shelters, or cook lunch over a fire - depending on what the weather gives us - but whatever we do, it will be an adventure.

     

    Naturalist in charge: Tania Gale

     

    Please register by February 7

    Location: Flag Ponds Nature Park

    Space is limited to 10 campers.

    Fee is per child.

    $20 for Society members

    $30 for nonmembers

    Welcome to Camp letter and packing list can be found here: 

    schools out camp feb 2016.pdf

     

    If your child needs medicine while at camp, please fill out this form:

    School's Out 1st page Form.MedicationRelease.pdf

     

     

     

     

    • 02/12/2016
    • 8:00 AM - 10:00 AM
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park
    • 39

    All ages.

    The 19th Annual Great Backyard Bird Count begins today.  Whether you are a novice or an expert birder, volunteers of all ages are welcome to help identify and count birds.  Data will be used by researchers at Cornell and the National Audubon Society.

    Location: Flag Ponds Nature Park

    Naturalist in charge: Shannon Steele

    This program is free.

    Reservations are required by Wednesday, February 10. Register online, by mail, email to cypressswamp@co.cal.md.us or by phone 410-535-5327.


    • 02/12/2016
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park
    • 0
    Registration is closed

    Ages 4-12

    Our Winter/Spring homeschool series focuses on “phenology” - nature’s calendar. It is the study of seasonal changes in plant and animal life-cycles such as date flowers begin to bloom or frogs start singing in the spring. Month to month, we will make and record weather observations and check in with the plants and animals at Flag Ponds Park - watching watching winter change to spring then summer.

    Please register by February 1 to attend

    Location: Flag Ponds Nature Park

    Program Fee are per family:
    Please register all your children on one entry. Program fees are per family.

    Free for Society members
    $8 per family for nonmembers

    Homeschool Fridays is a series of environmental education programs developed especially for homeschoolers ages 4 to 12. These classes are a great way to get hands-on science and nature lessons and network with other homeschooling families. Each two-hour program will consist of indoor and outdoor hands-on learning. Depending on the topic, students may observe live animals, collect aquatic creatures, take measurements using scientific equipment, or play games.

    Parents with younger children (ages 4-6) will stay with the group; parents of older children have the option of staying or not; there is no charge for parents since they are expected to participate as mentors and teachers. Staff will provide guidance for parents on how to assist.

    Siblings younger than 4 are welcome, but must be under the care of a parent/guardian at all times and should not distract the program participants.

    Older and younger students will be grouped by age to allow for age-appropriate topic exploration (parents will stay with the younger group).

    • 02/12/2016
    • 1:30 PM - 3:30 PM
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park
    • 1
    Registration is closed

    Ages 4-12

    Our Winter/Spring homeschool series focuses on “phenology” - nature’s calendar. It is the study of seasonal changes in plant and animal life-cycles such as date flowers begin to bloom or frogs start singing in the spring. Month to month, we will make and record weather observations and check in with the plants and animals at Flag Ponds Park - watching watching winter change to spring then summer.

    Please register by February 1 to attend

    Location: Flag Ponds Nature Park

    Program Fee are per family:
    Please register all your children on one entry. Program fees are per family.

    Free for Society members
    $8 per family for nonmembers

    Homeschool Fridays is a series of environmental education programs developed especially for homeschoolers ages 4 to 12. These classes are a great way to get hands-on science and nature lessons and network with other homeschooling families. Each two-hour program will consist of indoor and outdoor hands-on learning. Depending on the topic, students may observe live animals, collect aquatic creatures, take measurements using scientific equipment, or play games.

    Parents with younger children (ages 4-6) will stay with the group; parents of older children have the option of staying or not; there is no charge for parents since they are expected to participate as mentors and teachers. Staff will provide guidance for parents on how to assist.

    Siblings younger than 4 are welcome, but must be under the care of a parent/guardian at all times and should not distract the program participants.

    Older and younger students will be grouped by age to allow for age-appropriate topic exploration (parents will stay with the younger group).

    • 02/14/2016
    • 8:00 AM - 10:00 AM
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park
    • 17

    All ages.

    The 19th Annual Great Backyard Bird Count is this weekend.  Whether you are a novice or an expert birder, volunteers of all ages are welcome to help identify and count birds.  Data will be used by researchers at Cornell and the National Audubon Society.

    Location: Flag Ponds Nature Park

    Naturalist in charge: Shannon Steele

    This program is free.

    Reservations are required by Wednesday, February 10. Register online, by mail, email to cypressswamp@co.cal.md.us or by phone 410-535-5327.


    • 02/14/2016
    • 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park, Lusby
    • 5
    For Ages: 6-9 years, Adult participation required.

    This weekend is the 19th Annual Great Backyard Bird Count. After the naturalist teaches your children some ID tips, they will hike through Flag Ponds, identifying and counting as many birds as they can find. Data will be used by researchers at Cornell and National Audubon Society. Bring your binoculars and field guides, if you have them. 


    Naturalist in Charge: Shannon Steele

    Reservations are required by Thursday, February 11. 

    Program Fee: Free for Society members
    $8 per family for nonmembers
    • 02/18/2016
    • 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
    • Kings Landing Park, Huntingtown MD
    • 0

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    For Ages 18mo to 5 years
    Adult participation is required

    Ever wonder how animals stay warm in the winter without wearing scarves and hats and gloves? We will talk about the fur coats different animals have and how they keep them warm.

    Naturalist in charge: Amanda DuPrey

    Location: Kings Landing Park

    Reservations are required

    Registration Deadline: Tuesday, Feb 16

    Program Fee:
    Free for members
    $8 per family for nonmembers

    • 02/18/2016
    • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
    • Kings Landing Park, Huntingtown MD
    • 0

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    For Ages 18 months to 5 years
    Adult participation is required

    Ever wonder how animals stay warm in the winter without wearing scarves and hats and gloves? We will talk about the fur coats different animals have and how they keep them warm.

    Naturalist in charge: Amanda DuPrey

    Location: Kings Landing Park

    Reservations are required

    Registration Deadline: Tuesday, Feb 16

    Program Fee:
    Free for members
    $8 per family for nonmembers

     

    • 02/20/2016
    • 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    • Kings Landing Park, Huntingtown
    • 5

    For ages 12-16

    Harpers Ferry is a beautiful town with lots of history. We’ll learn about the area while hiking to some great views and fort remnants. The hike will be about 5 miles with some steep climbs. Pack a bag lunch to enjoy at the overlook.

    Naturalist in charge: Gene Groshon

    You will need to provide your own lunch and back pack. 

    Packing list and other trip info will be provided

    Location: meets at Kings Landing Park; we'll provide van transportation to Harpers Ferry WV

    Fee: Society members pay $10 per person.

    Nonmembers pay $20 per person.

    Registration Deadline: Tuesday, Feb 16

    Each child must be registered separately.

    • 02/27/2016
    • 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Kings Landing Park
    • 36

    This event is for participants 21 years and older.

    Think you are a nature expert??? Well grab your friends and come test out your skills at Nature Trivia! We’ll have beverages from some local breweries as well and fun prizes. There is a cash prize of $300 for the team finishing in first! We will provide some light snacks but you are welcome to bring snacks too. Registration will start at 6:30 p.m. and trivia will start promptly at 7:00 p.m.

    Team Fee: $60     Max Team size: 6

    Team Fee must be paid to be considered registered.

    Don't know who will be on your team? Not a problem. Register anyway, and we can add team members later.

    Rules

    • Must be 21 years or older. Picture ID required.
    • Team must have a team name.
    • Up to 6 people (physically present) per team. Minimum team size is one person.
    • Every person at the team table will be counted as part of your maximum team size.
    • No cell/smartphone or other outside information source. We will have a cell phone parking lot in the room. You may not use your cell phone during a round until your team’s answers are turned in to the judge.
    • There is no partial credit for an answer.
    • The quiz master will be the final arbiter of correct answers and scoring. 
    • Any rule not listed here may be made up on the spot by the quiz master, Gene Groshon.
    • Current employees of Calvert County Natural Resources, members of the Calvert Nature Society Board of Directors, or their families, may not be a team member.

    Registration Deadline: Monday, Feb 22

    Maximum number of teams: 18

    Location: Kings Landing Park

     

     

    • 02/29/2016
    • 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park
    • 0
    Registration is closed
    3-5 years old, Adults are required  


    Leap long, leap tall  - it’s Leap Day!  Not every year has one, so we’ll celebrate Leap Day by looking at animals that can make spectacular leaps.  We’ll compare how far we can leap, too!  Will include both indoor and outdoor fun.

    Location: Flag Ponds Nature Park  

    Naturalist In Charge: Tania Gale

    Please register by February 25 

    Program Fee:
    Free for Society members
    $8 per family for nonmembers

    Advanced Reservations are required.

    Register online, by email, by mail, or by phone, 410-535-5327.

    • 02/29/2016
    • 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park
    • 0

    Sorry, but this event is now sold out. You can join the waitlist and we will send you an email when additional spaces become available.

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    3-5 years old, Adults are required   

    Leap long, leap tall  - it’s Leap Day!  Not every year has one, so we’ll celebrate Leap Day by looking at animals that can make spectacular leaps.  We’ll compare how far we can leap, too!  Will include both indoor and outdoor fun.

    Location: Flag Ponds Nature Park  

    Naturalist In Charge: Tania Gale

    Please register by February 25 

    Program Fee:
    Free for Society members
    $8 per family for nonmembers

    Advanced Reservations are required.

    Register online, by email, by mail, or by phone, 410-535-5327.

    • 03/04/2016
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park
    • 0
    Registration is closed

    Ages 4-12

    Our Winter/Spring homeschool series focuses on “phenology” - nature’s calendar. It is the study of seasonal changes in plant and animal life-cycles such as date flowers begin to bloom or frogs start singing in the spring. Month to month, we will make and record weather observations and check in with the plants and animals at Flag Ponds Park - watching watching winter change to spring then summer.

    Please register by February 26 to attend

    Location: Flag Ponds Nature Park

    Program Fee are per family:
    Please register all your children on one entry. Program fees are per family.

    Free for Society members
    $8 per family for nonmembers

    Homeschool Fridays is a series of environmental education programs developed especially for homeschoolers ages 4 to 12. These classes are a great way to get hands-on science and nature lessons and network with other homeschooling families. Each two-hour program will consist of indoor and outdoor hands-on learning. Depending on the topic, students may observe live animals, collect aquatic creatures, take measurements using scientific equipment, or play games.

    Parents with younger children (ages 4-6) will stay with the group; parents of older children have the option of staying or not; there is no charge for parents since they are expected to participate as mentors and teachers. Staff will provide guidance for parents on how to assist.

    Siblings younger than 4 are welcome, but must be under the care of a parent/guardian at all times and should not distract the program participants.

    Older and younger students will be grouped by age to allow for age-appropriate topic exploration (parents will stay with the younger group).

    • 03/04/2016
    • 1:30 PM - 3:30 PM
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park
    • 1

    Ages 4-12

    Our Winter/Spring homeschool series focuses on “phenology” - nature’s calendar. It is the study of seasonal changes in plant and animal life-cycles such as date flowers begin to bloom or frogs start singing in the spring. Month to month, we will make and record weather observations and check in with the plants and animals at Flag Ponds Park - watching winter change to spring then summer.

    Please register by February 26 to attend

    Location: Flag Ponds Nature Park

    Program Fee are per family:
    Please register all your children on one entry. Program fees are per family.

    Free for Society members
    $8 per family for nonmembers

    Homeschool Fridays is a series of environmental education programs developed especially for homeschoolers ages 4 to 12. These classes are a great way to get hands-on science and nature lessons and network with other homeschooling families. Each two-hour program will consist of indoor and outdoor hands-on learning. Depending on the topic, students may observe live animals, collect aquatic creatures, take measurements using scientific equipment, or play games.

    Parents with younger children (ages 4-6) will stay with the group; parents of older children have the option of staying or not; there is no charge for parents since they are expected to participate as mentors and teachers. Staff will provide guidance for parents on how to assist.

    Siblings younger than 4 are welcome, but must be under the care of a parent/guardian at all times and should not distract the program participants.

    Older and younger students will be grouped by age to allow for age-appropriate topic exploration (parents will stay with the younger group).

    • 03/04/2016
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Battle Creek Cypress Swamp

    For Adults and Older Teens

    The decline of honey-bee populations is a well-publicized phenomenon, yet the status of native bees is little known. In 2001, Sam Droege launched a pilot program of the first survey of North America's native bee population. Calvert County Natural Resources staff and volunteers have helped to collect bees from a wide variety of habitats in the County, which has resulted in at least six new state records! Sam will share his amazing close-up photographs while discussing the importance of native bees.

    See Sam's photography of native bees.

    This program is supported by the Cove Point Natural Heritage Trust.

    Speaker: Sam Droege, Biologist, USGS Patuxent Wildlife Research Center

    LocationBattle Creek Cypress Swamp, Prince Frederick

    Free program


    • 03/05/2016
    • 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
    • Battle Creek Cypress Swamp, Prince Frederick
    • 1

    Ages 6-9; adult participation required.

    Our native mason bees are getting ready to nest.  Your children will have fun building some insect hotels to help these important little pollinators. 

    LocationBattle Creek Cypress Swamp

    Naturalist in Charge: Shannon Steele

    Program Fee:
    Free for members
    $8 per family for nonmembers

    Reservations are required by Thursday, March 3rd. Register online, by email, by mail, or by phone, 410-535-5327.

     

    • 03/05/2016
    • 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    • Battle Creek Cypress Swamp, Prince Frederick
    • 0

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    Ages 8 and up; Children under age 18 must be accompanied by an adult

    The naturalist will lead you on a hike off-trail through the swamp so that you can see the big cypress that is over 500 years old.  You will need to wear hip boots or waders since you will be wading across the creek and through the swampy waters.  We have a limited supply that you can borrow, or bring your own.

    LocationBattle Creek Cypress Swamp

    Naturalist in Charge: Shannon Steele

    Program Fee:
    Free for members
    $8 per family for nonmembers

    Reservations are required by Thursday, March 3rd. Register online, by email, by mail, or by phone, 410-535-5327.

     

    • 03/08/2016
    • 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park, Lusby MD
    • 0

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    For Ages 3 to 5 years
    Adult participation is required

    Art can be made easily made from many things. We’ll use items from nature to make your very own garden stepping stone. Wear clothes you can get dirty.

    Naturalist in charge: Amanda DuPrey

    Location: Flag Ponds Nature Park

    Reservations are required

    Registration Deadline: Friday, March 4

    Program Fee:
    Free for members
    $8 per family for nonmembers

     

    • 03/08/2016
    • 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park, Lusby MD
    • 0

    Sorry, but this event is now sold out. You can join the waitlist and we will send you an email when additional spaces become available.

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    For Ages 3 to 5 years
    Adult participation is required

    Art can be made easily made from many things. We’ll use items from nature to make your very own garden stepping stone. Wear clothes you can get dirty.

    Naturalist in charge: Amanda DuPrey

    Location: Flag Ponds Nature Park

    Reservations are required

    Registration Deadline: Friday, March 4

    Program Fee:
    Free for members
    $8 per family for nonmembers

     

    • 03/14/2016
    • 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park
    • 20

    Adults

    If you would like to share your love of the outdoors with children, come to the training session for our 3rd Grade Terrapin Program.  Discover why local students are studying terrapins and learn about the activities that you will help lead.  It's a great way to meet new people while giving back to the community. 

    Volunteers must be at least 18 years old.

    Volunteers with this program are subject to a background check.

    Naturalist in charge: Shannon Steele

    Location: Flag Ponds Nature Park

    This program is free.

    Reservations are required by Thursday, March 10. 

     

    • 03/16/2016
    • 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM
    • Battle Creek Cypress Swamp
    • 0
    Registration is closed
    3-5 years old, Adults are required   

    Spring is springing all around us!  What are some signs of spring – are we seeing them yet?  We will have both indoor and outdoor activities to guide us as we search for spring. 

    Location: Battle Creek Cypress Swamp

    Naturalist in charge: Tania Gale

    Please register by March 14 

    Program Fee:
    Free for Society members
    $8 per family for nonmembers

    Advanced Reservations are required.

    • 03/16/2016
    • 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Battle Creek Cypress Swamp
    • 0

    Sorry, but this event is now sold out. You can join the waitlist and we will send you an email when additional spaces become available.

    Join waitlist
    3-5 years old, Adults are required   

    Spring is springing all around us!  What are some signs of spring – are we seeing them yet?  We will have both indoor and outdoor activities to guide us as we search for spring. 

    Location: Battle Creek Cypress Swamp

    Naturalist in charge: Tania Gale

    Please register by March 14       

    Program Fee:
    Free for Society members
    $8 per family for nonmembers

    Advanced Reservations are required.

     

    • 03/19/2016
    • 9:00 AM - 11:30 AM
    • Battle Creek Cypress Swamp, Prince Frederick
    • 0

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    For Ages 6-9 years old

    Adult participation is required.

    Ever wonder whats making all that drumming noise in the woods?  We’ll go on a hike and discuss the different woodpeckers we have in our area and finish with a craft.

    Location: Battle Creek Cypress Swamp

    Naturalist in Charge: Gene Groshon

    Program Fee: Free for members
    $8 per family for nonmembers

    Registration Deadline: Monday, Mar 14

    Reservations are required

     


    • 03/19/2016
    • 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
    • Battle Creek Cypress Swamp Nature Center

    For all ages. 

    Under 16 with an adult.

    Coyotes have been sighted in Calvert County! We’ll discuss the life history of these elusive animals and how to identify them. We'll discuss the project to track their numbers and how you can help.

    Naturalist in charge: Gene Groshon

    Location: Battle Creek Cypress Swamp

    Registration Deadline: Friday, Mar 18

    This is a free program.

    • 03/21/2016
    • 03/22/2016
    • 2 sessions
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park
    • 1

    School's Out Adventure

    For Ages 6-9      

    Monday, March 21, 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m and
    Tuesday, March 22, 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.

    Feel like you've been stuck inside all winter? This camp will be full of adventures -- we will wade into the swamp, use nets to look for amphibians, and, of course, play in the mud.

    Naturalist in charge: Tania Gale

    Bring a snack, lunch, and dress for the weather each day!

    Location: Flag Ponds Nature Park

    Registration deadline: March 14

    Fee: $40 for members; $60 for nonmembers.

    • 03/23/2016
    • 10:00 AM
    • 03/24/2016
    • 9:00 AM
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park
    • 8

    For children ages 12-16 years

    Spend part of spring break with friends searching the woods, ponds, and swamps for animals big and small. If you like to search for animals, and you don’t mind getting dirty in the process, come on down.  Bring lunch and a snack for Wednesday.  Dinner and breakfast provided.

    *We will be sleeping in the building*

    Naturalist in charge: Tania Gale

    Location: Flag Ponds Nature Park

    Please register by March 16 

    Program Fee per person

    $25 for members
    $40 for nonmembers.

    Reservations are required by March 16.

     

     

     

    • 03/23/2016
    • 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
    • Ward Farm Nature Park, Dunkirk
    • 14

    For Ages 13-Adults; under 16 with an adult

    We’ll stroll along the fields and wetlands listening for the breeding display of the American Woodcock (also known as a Timberdoodle). Dress for the weather, wear sturdy hiking boots. Due to rough terrain of the trails this activity is not wheelchair accessible.

    Naturalist in charge: Karyn Molines

    Location: Ward Farm Recreation and Nature Park, Dunkirk. Directions will be sent to all who register

    Fee is per person.

    Free for Society members
    $8 for nonmembers

    • 03/29/2016
    • 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park
    • 14

    Ages 10-adult, under 18 with adult 
    Volunteer Program

    After a short presentation about our new Prothonotary Warbler Study, volunteers will trek around the park to learn the nest box locations and prepare them for the season. Interested volunteers can monitor them as little as once or as many as 12 times between April and July.

    Naturalist in charge: Shannon Steele

    Location: Flag Ponds Nature Park

    This program is free.

    Reservations are required by Thursday, March 24. 

     

    • 03/30/2016
    • 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM
    • Kings Landing Park
    • 2
    For Ages 18 months to 5 years
    Adult participation is required

    After some indoor activities and a puppet show about roly poly animals, your children will explore the area surrounding Wisner Hall and will have fun rolling down the grassy hill. 

    LocationKings Landing Park

    Naturalist in charge: Shannon Steele

    Reservations are required by Monday, March 28

    Program Fee:
    Free for members
    $8 per family for nonmembers

    • 03/30/2016
    • 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Kings Landing Park
    • 2
    For Ages 18 months to 5 years
    Adult participation is required

    After some indoor activities and a puppet show about roly poly animals, your children will explore the area surrounding Wisner Hall and will have fun rolling down the grassy hill. 

    LocationKings Landing Park

    Naturalist in charge: Shannon Steele

    Reservations are required by Monday, March 28. Register online, by email, by mail, or by phone, 410-535-5327.

    Program Fee:
    Free for members
    $8 per family for nonmembers

    • 04/08/2016
    • 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    • Kings Landing Park, Huntingtown
    • 25

    For adults, although teens 16 years and older may attend.

    Interested in knowing the names of the wonderful wildflowers you encounter in forest and field? Then take this class where you’ll learn to “key-out” local plants using the popular Newcomb’s Wildflower Guide. Other field guides can be used, but the instruction will focus on the terminology and methodology of Newcomb's. 

    Please bring a hand lens, lunch, and water. Please consider buying Newcomb’s Wildflower Guide before the program and reading the beginning sections. A limited number are for sale at the Battle Creek Cypress Swamp.

    A few copies of the guide and extra lenses will be available to borrow

    Co-sponsored by the Maryland Native Plant Society 

    Location: Kings Landing Park

    Fee is per person.
    Free for Calvert Nature Society and Maryland Native Plant Society members
    $8 for nonmembers


    • 05/13/2016
    • 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park, Lusby
    • 15

    For All ages
    Adult participation is required

    Have a relaxing evening with your family at Flag Ponds Park after hours.  Go seining with a naturalist, look for shark's teeth, or simply relax and enjoy the view as the sky changes colors over the bay.  Bring a blanket or chairs and a picnic supper, if you'd like.  We will provide the s'mores.  

    Only registered participants will be provided with information about entry into the park.

    Location: Flag Ponds Nature Park

    Naturalist in Charge: Shannon Steele

    Program Fee:
    Free for members
    $8 per family for nonmembers

    Reservations are required by Wednesday, May 11. Register online, by email, by mail, or by phone, 410-535-5327.

    • 06/27/2016
    • 06/30/2016
    • 4 sessions
    • Battle Creek Cypress Swamp, Prince Frederick
    • 10
    Registration is closed

    For children ages 4-5 years old by time of camp

    Monday, June 27 – Thursday, June 30, 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

    We will set out on mini adventures throughout the park to explore our natural world. From the creek to the fields who knows what we may find. Parents are not required to stay during the camp. No younger or older siblings allowed.

    Naturalist in Charge: Gene Groshon

    Location: Battle Creek Cypress Swamp

    Fee per camper: 
    Society members: $60
    Nonmembers: $75

    • 06/27/2016
    • 07/01/2016
    • 4 sessions
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park
    • 15
    Registration is closed

    Children entering grades 3-5

    Monday-Wednesday, June 27 - 29, 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
    Thursday, June 30, 6:00 p.m. overnight through
    Friday, July 1, 9:00 a.m.

    If you like exploring wet places and catching water animals – then this fun camp is for you! This week we will wade into some marvelous wet places like the creek, the swamp, and the Bay. As we go, we will learn firsthand about the animals and plants that depend on water – including ourselves. We’ll end the week with an overnight so we can discover some watery places by the light of the stars. Come prepared to get WET and have fun!

    Tents and breakfast for the overnight provided. Thursday will be a family potluck cookout followed by the overnight for campers.

    There will be no camp before 6 p.m. on Thursday or after 9 a.m. on Friday.

    Naturalist in Charge: Tania Gale

    LocationFlag Ponds Nature Park
    Register by June 1

    Fee per camper:  Society members: $175
    Nonmembers: $200

     

    • 07/05/2016
    • 07/08/2016
    • 4 sessions
    • Varies, see description
    • 15
    Registration is closed

    For children entering Grades 1-2

    Tuesday, July 5 - Friday, July 8, 9:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. 

    Send your children outside to explore nature with us. They will have a blast playing games, catching animals, and having close encounters with the nature center's live animals.  Each day will feature a different group of animals: reptiles & amphibians on Tuesday, bugs on Wednesday, birds on Thursday, and fish on Friday.

    Fee per camper: Society members: $150
    Nonmembers: $180

    Naturalist in Charge: Shannon Steele

    Location
    Battle Creek Cypress Swamp (Tues)

    Kings Landing Park  (Wed)

    Flag Ponds Nature Park (Thurs, & Fri)

    • 07/05/2016
    • 07/09/2016
    • 4 sessions
    • Varies, see description
    • 8
    Registration is closed

    Entering Grades 7-9

    Tuesday, July 5 – Wednesday, July 6, 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
    Thursday, July 7, 4:00 p.m. overnight through Friday, July 8, 9:00 a.m.

    Come see the parks like never before as we explore the far reaches of our parks. Be prepared to travel by land and water as we set off on our adventures. We will end our week with a camp out at Flag Ponds Park. Food for the overnight and camping fees are included.

    Note: There is no camp before 4:00 p.m. Thursday or after 9:00 a.m. Friday

    Naturalist in Charge: Gene Groshon

    Location:
    Tuesday: Ward Farm Nature Park
    Wednesday: Kings Landing Park
    Thursday-Friday: Flag Ponds Nature Park

    Fee per camper: Society members: $175
    Nonmembers: $200

    • 07/11/2016
    • 07/14/2016
    • 4 sessions
    • Varies, see description
    • 15
    Registration is closed

    For children entering Grades 3-5

    Monday, July 11 - Wednesday, July 13, 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. and Thursday, July 14, 4:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.

    There will be no camp on Thursday prior to 4:00 p.m. 

    Your children can explore the fascinating world of birds as they bird watch, check nest boxes, dissect owl pellets, and make bird feeders.  Thursday evening will be a hoot! After supper over the campfire, the young birders will meet the nature center’s live owls and will take a hike to look for birds at night.

    Naturalist in Charge: Shannon Steele

    Location:
    Flag Ponds Nature Park (Mon-Tues)

    Battle Creek Cypress Swamp (Wed-Thurs)

    Fee per camper: Society members: $150
    Nonmembers: $180

    • 07/11/2016
    • 07/15/2016
    • 4 sessions
    • Varies, see description
    • 8
    Registration is closed

    Children entering grades 6-8

    Monday-Wednesday, July 11-13, 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
    Thursday, July 14, 7:30 a.m. overnight trip to Western MD
    Friday, July 15, 6:00 p.m.


    This week we will explore all things aquatic while learning the basics of getting around on the water using a variety of watercraft like canoes, kayaks, and river rafts. We’ll explore different aquatic habitats as we retrace the path that water takes from the mountains to the Bay – in reverse. The last 2 days will be an overnight adventure to western Maryland - including tubing on Antietam Creek and rafting on the Shenandoah River. Come prepared to get WET and have fun!


    Naturalist in Charge: Tania Gale

    Fee per camper:  Society members: $250
    Nonmembers: $280

    Registration fee includes camping, tubing and rafting fees, and food for Thursday snacks, dinner and campfire, and Friday breakfast, lunch and snacks.

    Locations
    Monday – Battle Creek Cypress Swamp
    Tuesday – Flag Ponds Nature Park
    Wednesday – Kings Landing Park

    Thursday meets at Kings Landing Park for overnight trip
    Friday pick up at Kings Landing park


    Waivers will be posted shortly:

    Please fill out waivers and return both before the first day of camp. A separate form is needed for each camper for each day.

        

     

       

     

    • 07/18/2016
    • 07/22/2016
    • 5 sessions
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park
    • 15
    Registration is closed
    For girls entering grades 2-4

    Monday-Friday, July 18-22, 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.

    Each day will bring a new adventure, wading in wetlands and exploring the forest to learn about the natural world. We’ll also do fun crafts, build survival forts and cook over a fire. The week ends with a challenge to the Sons of the Forest to show off the skills learned in camp.

    Naturalist in Charge: Shannon Steele

    LocationFlag Ponds Nature Park

    Fee per camper:  

    Society members: $150
    Nonmembers: $
    180


     


    • 07/18/2016
    • 07/22/2016
    • 5 sessions
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park, Lusby
    • 15
    Registration is closed
    For boys entering grades 2-4

    Monday, July 18 – Friday, July 22, 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.

    Location: Flag Ponds Nature Park

    We will leave no stone unturned as we learn about the natural world around us sloshing in the swamp and hiking through the forest We’ll also do fun crafts, build survival forts and cook over a fire. The week ends with a challenge to the Nature Girls to show off the skills learned in camp.

    Naturalist in Charge: Gene Groshon

    Fee per camper:

    Society members: $150
    Nonmembers: $180

    • 07/25/2016
    • 07/29/2016
    • 4 sessions
    • Varies, see description
    • 8
    Registration is closed

    For children going into grades 9-12

    Monday, July 25, Tuesday, July 26, Wednesday, July 27 - 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.

    Thursday, July 28, 9:00 a.m. overnight through Friday, July 29, 9:00 a.m. (no camp after 9:00 a.m. on Friday, July 29)

    Each day of this camp will bring campers up-close and personal with the Patuxent River and the creeks that surround Calvert County. Campers will learn paddling fundamentals: safety, strokes, and rescues - as well as learning firsthand about water quality and the natural history of the river. We’ll end the week with a day-long paddle adventure and an overnight camp out.

    Dinner Thursday, breakfast Friday, all kayak equipment, and tents are provided.

    Naturalists in Charge: Tania Gale & Lindsay Hollister  

    Fee per camper:

    Society members: $210 per camper
    Nonmembers: $240 per camper


    Tentative Locations
    Monday – Battle Creek Cypress Swamp
    Tuesday– meets at Kings Landing Park for transport to Jug Bay Wetlands Sanctuary
    Wednesday – Jefferson Patterson Park (in front of MAC lab)
    Thursday - meets at Kings Landing Park
    Friday – pick up at Kings Landing Park


    Schedule may be changed due to the weather

     

     

    • 07/25/2016
    • 07/29/2016
    • 5 sessions
    • Varies, see description
    • 15
    Registration is closed

    For children entering Grades 4-6

    Monday, July 25 - Friday, July 29, 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. Photo Presentation for Families: Friday, July 29, 3:00 p.m.

    Your children will capture the natural wonders of Calvert County Parks on camera. In addition to fun camp activities, they will learn camera basics and picture-taking tips. After camp on Friday, families are invited to a presentation highlighting campers’ work. Campers must provide their own digital camera.

    Naturalist in Charge: Shannon Steele

    LocationFlag Ponds Nature Park (Mon, Thurs, & Fri)
    Kings Landing Park  (Tues)
    Battle Creek Cypress Swamp (Wed)

    Fee per camper: Society members: $150
    Nonmembers: $180

    • 08/01/2016
    • 08/04/2016
    • 4 sessions
    • varies, see description
    • 15
    Registration is closed

    For children entering grades 1-2

    Monday, August 1 -Thursday, August 4, 9:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.

    You don’t need to go on safari to see wildlife – there’s a ton of wildlife to be seen here in Calvert County, if you know here to look. During this camp, we will take the time to look closely for life under logs, stones, even in the mud! Using tools like nets, buckets, and shovels, we’ll search high and low, on land and in the water for bugs, worms, fish and whatever else we can find. In addition to our outdoor explorations, games and journals will help us learn.

    Naturalist in Charge: Tania Gale

    Location:
    Monday and Tuesday – Battle Creek Cypress Swamp
    Wednesday and Thursday – Flag Ponds Nature Parkabout Calvert County’s wild things.

    Fee per camper: Society members: $150 per camper
      Nonmembers: $180 per camper
      
     
    • 08/01/2016
    • 08/05/2016
    • 5 sessions
    • Varies, see description
    • 8
    Registration is closed

    Entering Grades 8-10

    Monday, August 1- Thursday August 4; 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.

    Friday, August 5 7:00 a.m. -3:00 p.m.


    The Maryland Biodiversity Project was created to help catalog all of the living things in Maryland. As citizen scientists we will search different habitats to document what plants and animals we find. Be prepared to venture through creeks, look under logs and hike through forests as we go on our safari. We will even visit some parks outside of Calvert County.

    Naturalist in Charge: Gene Groshon

    Location:
      Monday: Battle Creek Cypress Swamp
      Tuesday: Flag Ponds Nature Park
      Wednesday-Friday: Kings Landing Park

    *Thursday and Friday we will be traveling to other parks but pick up and drop off will be at Kings Landing Park
       

    Fee per camper: Society members: $150
      Nonmembers: $180

Calvert Nature Society (formerly Battle Creek Nature Education Society) is dedicated to
the protection and preservation of Calvert County’s natural heritage
and the creation of an environmentally literate and aware community.
We provide opportunities for appreciation and understanding of our natural world through
our outreach initiatives and in support of the mission of the Calvert County Natural Resources Division.
The Society is a 501(c)3 organization.

Copyright Calvert Nature Society.
Mailing address: PO Box 122, Port Republic, MD 20676. info@calvertparks.org
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